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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Changing Your Commission Status

Any time you change your name or address, it must be communicated to your state’s Notary Public authority as soon as possible.

It is imperative that the state keep track of its Notaries so it knows the availability of notarial services for its residents.

Many states have statutes covering changes in your commission and often give a timeframe by which the Notary Public authority must be notified, e.g., 30 days after the move to a residence. If you’ve moved within your jurisdiction or if you have changed your name, you also may be required to re-file your bond and arrange to get a new seal. If the latter is the case, you may not be allowed to perform any notarizations until your new, correct seal arrives in your mailbox, so make sure you plan ahead to avoid any interruption in your ability to perform notarizations.

Some states will allow Notaries to retain their commission if they’ve moved to another state and continue to do business in the one where they have their commission. But don’t assume this is the case. If your state doesn’t allow this, you will have to resign your commission and get a new one in the state to which you have moved. Again, this may have to be handled in a specific manner and period of time.

If you have any questions about changes in your commission status, contact your Notary Public authority for guidance.

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Kori Kashmanian

30 Jan 2017

I moved from Florida to Texas, what steps do I need to complete to still be notarized in Texas

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2017

Hello. If you wish to become a Notary in Texas, you will need to apply for a new commission in that state. You can find more information at the TX Secretary of State's website (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/notary-public.shtml) or you can call the NNA's Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 for assistance with the commission application process.

Esther

01 Jul 2017

I haven't received my Notary Bond yet, but I have moved to another apartment still in CA. Do I still contact Notary Commission or until I'm an official Notary?

National Notary Association

03 Jul 2017

CA Notaries who move their business, residence and/or mailing address must inform the Secretary of State in writing, by certified mail or any means of physical delivery that produces a receipt, within 30 days of the move. Willful failure to do so may result in a fine of up to $500 (GC 8213.5).

maile8320@gmail.com

29 Jun 2020

In the commission status what does a mid-commission mean?

National Notary Association

30 Jun 2020

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Kristin L Kyle

24 Aug 2020

I got married how do I change my name?

National Notary Association

24 Aug 2020

Hello. To help us assist you can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Annette Jones

18 Nov 2020

Already a notary just want to become a member how to complete your form

National Notary Association

18 Nov 2020

Hello. To become an NNA member, please visit this page: https://www.nationalnotary.org/membership

Leeia

29 Dec 2020

I have been endorsed for my notray but I haven’t been sworn in yet can I still purchase this packet until then?

National Notary Association

29 Dec 2020

Hello. Please email our Customer Care team at services@nationalnotary.org for assistance with NNA Notary packages.

sisbranch.ob@googlemail.com

04 Jan 2021

Enrolling to become a Signing Agent. If I am already a Notary, would I be in mid-commission?

National Notary Association

06 Jan 2021

Hello. Working as a Signing Agent does not require a second Notary commission. However, please be aware that the NNA’s Notary Signing Agent Certification is effective for one year. Lenders and title companies typically require background screenings be performed annually. They want screenings no more than one year old at the time of loan signings. Your Certification date is the date your background screening was completed. Renewing NSAs should know the screening takes 5-15 days, and they should begin the renewal prior to the one-year term to avoid a gap in Certification.

matthewrburchett@gmail.com

18 Jan 2021

I am applying to become a notary for my work and selected the Standard Notary Package. It is asking me my commission status which I can narrow down to 2 selections: Becoming or I am not a Notary. Which do I choose (would say becoming but I do not know why there would even be an option for I am not a Notary)?

National Notary Association

26 Jan 2021

Hello. We've passed your message to our Customer Care team and a team member will be contacting you directly to assist you.

sapienza1194@gmail.com

30 Jan 2021

Hello, I was about to purchase the the training but it stated as the previous comment. That "Becoming or I am not a Notary" Which one would I choose?

National Notary Association

05 Feb 2021

Hello. We've forwarded your request to our Customer Care team and asked them to have someone contact you to assist you.

tiffanielowe86@gmail.com

08 Feb 2021

I'm trying to purchase the signing agent package and its asking my notary status. I already have my notary commission. What would I choose becoming, mid commission, renewing?

National Notary Association

09 Feb 2021

Hello. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We've forwarded your question to our Customer Care team and they are working on a solution to clarify the menu choices.

Jbrownlee.sv4hh@gmail.com

08 Feb 2021

Good evening, I'm confused on what term should I choose for commission method. "becoming or I am not a notary" Which one should I choose? This is my first time applying for notary public.

National Notary Association

09 Feb 2021

Hello. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We've forwarded your question to our Customer Care team and they are working on a solution to clarify the menu choices.

Ms.elaineh55@gmail.com

10 Feb 2021

Hello. I'm a recent licensed Notary, and would like to take the class for a Signing Agent. It gives me 3 options that one would apply: (1) Becoming (2) Renewing (3) Mid Commission I'm not renewing my status since I received my license and paid for 4 yrs. Does "Becoming" apply to Signing agent, or meaning Becoming a Notary, or does Mid Commission mean I'm a Notary trying to obtain my signing agent certification? This is confusing. Can you please help clarify? Thank you

National Notary Association

11 Feb 2021

Hello, and thanks for reaching out to us. We've let the Customer Care team know about your situation and someone will be in touch shortly to assist you.

Lupe Ceja

11 Feb 2021

1) I thought I had purchased the NNA 4 year membership when I renewed my license recently? I get the weekly online newsletter to my work email. 2) I went online and is asking me to renew my license, but since I am already a Notary I do not know which option to choose: renewing, becoming, or mid-commission? Due to Covid-19 we have not return to work since last year, that is why if I need to renew my NNA membership I want the paperwork to come to my house. Please advise.

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you currently hold a Notary commission and are not yet scheduled to renew it, please select "Mid-Commission." If your current commission is due to expire soon and you wish to renew it, please select "Renewing."

Ashley Saunders

12 Feb 2021

Hello. I am applying to become a Signing Agent, and want to verify status meaning. I have received my appointment, but have not yet taken the oath. Would I be considered becoming, or Mid-Commission?

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. Just to clarify, have you been issued your first Notary commission at this time?

Olivia B

12 Feb 2021

I already a notary and I’m about to pay for the loan signing certificate. I don’t know what option to select for commission status

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you are currently commissioned, but not scheduled for renewal yet, please select "Mid-Commission." If you wish to purchase a renewal package, please select "Renewing."

Jack Zee

12 Feb 2021

I’d just like to let you know that your answers suck! About 10 people asked you the same effing question and all you did was say you would forward it to the customer service. Why don’t you find out the damn answer and answer the question!! I have this question too. I am already a Notary. I’m trying to sign up for your signing agent course. Under the commission status it says “renewing, becoming, mid commission, or I am not a notary.” Figure out the answer and let everybody know what it is!!!! I mean, WTF???

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hi Jack. We apologize for any frustration or delays you've experienced. We've had a large number of questions asked about this recently, and wanted to make sure we had the most up-to-date information before posting here. If you are purchasing a package for yourself and have not received your first commission from the state, please select "Becoming." If you are renewing an existing commission, please select "Renewing." If you are currently commissioned, but not yet scheduled for renewal, please select "Mid-commission." If you are purchasing on behalf of someone else and are not a Notary yourself, please select "I am not a Notary." We hope this information helps answer your questions. We are aware that this has caused confusion for some customers, and are working to update the menu to make it more clear. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and hope the above information is helpful to you.

Deborah A Shelley

13 Feb 2021

I am purchasing the signing agent program I am currently a notary do I select mid commission

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. Yes, that is correct if you are currently a Notary and are not yet renewing your commission.

j.destiny1995@gmail.com

15 Feb 2021

Hello what do I put as my commission status? This is my first time registering and buying the packet so I can become a notary. Do I state I'm not a notary or becoming in the commission status?

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you are purchasing the package for yourself, select "Becoming." If you are purchasing the package for another person, please select "I am not a Notary."

morita@nipponclub.org

18 Feb 2021

I'm trying to purchase NY Become Complete Package and confused about commission status. Which one should I choose? "Becoming" or "I am not a notary" ? Please advise. Thank you.

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you are purchasing the package for yourself, you should select "Becoming." If you are purchasing the package for someone else, please select "I am not a Notary."

Destiny Dionne James

19 Feb 2021

Hello can you help me choose my commission method I am interested in becoming a notary.

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello and welcome! To help us answer your question, can we ask you to provide a few additional details, please? -What state are you located in? -When you mentioned "commission method" do you mean the type of Notary you wish to become (standard Notary, Signing Agent, remote online Notary, etc.) or are you asking about menu options on the NNA website (Becoming a Notary, Mid-Commission, etc.)?

marsennia@yahoo.com

20 Feb 2021

I am applying to become a notary. I selected the Standard Notary Package. It is asking me for my commission status. I have narrowed it to Becoming or I am not a Notary. Which do I choose?

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you are purchasing the package for yourself, you should select "Becoming a Notary." If you are purchasing the package on behalf of someone else, select "I am not a Notary."

graceiteran@gmail.com

22 Feb 2021

Hello, I was about to purchase the the training but it asked for commission status, which 2 options are correct; "Becoming or I am not a Notary" Which one would I choose? Also, I’m trying to apply now to be a notary but about 15 years ago I had been one. So do I apply as new or renew?

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you do not currently hold a Notary commission and are applying for a new one, please select "Becoming a Notary." You would select "I am not a Notary" if you were purchasing a package on behalf of someone else.

caya.acc@gmail.com

23 Feb 2021

I'm trying to purchase the signing agent package and its asking my notary status. I already have my notary commission. What would I choose becoming, mid commission, renewing?

National Notary Association

25 Feb 2021

Hello. If you have your Notary commission and are not scheduled to renew your commission at this time, please select "Mid-Commission." If you are purchasing a renewal Notary supply package, please select "Renewing."

johnna.woodsmall@danis.com

18 Mar 2021

Good evening, I'm confused on what term should I choose for commission method. "becoming or I am not a notary" Which one should I choose? This is my first time applying for notary public.

National Notary Association

22 Mar 2021

Hello. Hello. If you do not currently hold a Notary commission and are applying for a new one, please select "Becoming a Notary." You would select "I am not a Notary" if you were purchasing a package on behalf of someone else.

corrie@minervaproperties.org

16 Apr 2021

Hello! I see this question being asked, but everyone is getting a direct answer sent to them. I am trying to complete my purchase and it is asking for my commission status. I am not currently a notary, but am purchasing this to become one. So would the answer to my commission status be "becoming" or "I am not a notary". This would be probably be easier if you just supplied the definitions for these when one is trying to checkout. Thanks, Corrie

National Notary Association

19 Apr 2021

Hello. If you are making a purchase to become a Notary yourself, please select "Becoming." You would select "I am not a Notary" when purchasing something on behalf of someone else, for example a employer purchasing products for an employee who is becoming a Notary.

maryaggar@gmail.com

22 Apr 2021

Which do I choose when becoming 1st time notary? I see many have asked but the answer has never been published to help out others. Would I select 'Becoming' or ' I am not a notary'?

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2021

Hello. Please select "Becoming." "I am not a Notary" should only be selected when you are a non-Notary purchasing Notary materials on behalf of another person (such as an employee who needs to become a Notary).

Jamee Chapman

24 Apr 2021

I am trying to sign up for my class to become a notary. In the Commission Method drop box I have a choice between, “becoming” and “I am not a notary”, which one do I choose?

National Notary Association

26 Apr 2021

Hello. Please select "Becoming." The other option is for non-Notaries purchasing product on behalf of another individual, such as an employer buying Notary supplies for a Notary employee.

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